Dyer reappointed to law enforcement board
Gov. John Hickenlooper reappointed Rifle Police Chief John Dyer to the Colorado Peace Officers Standards and Training Board last week; a decision that Dyer said benefits Rifle and the region.
Dyer was originally appointed to the board in 2014 to serve out the remaining year of a term. His new term is for three years.
The board, commonly referred to by the acronym POST, oversees the training and certification for all law enforcement officers in the state. It also administers grants to assist with expenses tied to ongoing training.
Having a local representative on the eighteen-member board, which falls under the Colorado Department of Law, is valuable, Dyer said. Many of the representatives on the board, he explained, are from larger agencies, such as Denver and Arapahoe counties and the city of Colorado Springs. Having the perspective of a smaller agency is important.
“Our needs are going to be a lot different from the needs of bigger agencies,” he said. “And it’s no fault to those folks at the big agencies. … They have so many more opportunities for resources. I want to make sure that when rules are being made, the smaller, rural agencies are taken into account.”
In the past year, the POST board implemented required annual training, known as an in-service training program. The rule requires all law enforcement officers to complete 24 hours of training annually, according to a POST document. Twelve of those hours of training are for perishable skills, such as firearm use and driving. The other 12 hours are up to the discretion of the local agency.
Prior to that decision by POST, Colorado was one of a handful of states that did not have a statewide, annual training program for law enforcement officers, Dyer said. The end result is better police officers across the state.
Additionally, POST distributes grant funds to 10 regions throughout the state for ongoing training. Garfield County is in the Interstate 70 West Region, which also includes Rio Blanco, Pitkin, Eagle, Summit, Lake and Clear Creek counties. That means Dyer’s reappointment to the board is not exclusively beneficial to Rifle, although the department has benefited from his presence.
In the past year, the department received funding to help pay for a subscription to an online training program. Rifle has actively pursued funding in the past, but being involved in the process provides a certain level of knowledge related to effectively pursuing that funding.
“Being involved on the board gives me greater insight into how it all works,” he said, “and it helps us make sure we’re active in the right way.”
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